Sunday, July 13, 2008

Member Profile: Omi Koji

Born on December 14,1932 in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Omi Koji Sensei is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and a member of the elite SMAA Board of Advisors. He also serves as Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy and Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs. His support of the SMAA serves to illutrate the close ties the group has with Japan, and the degree to which the SMAA is respected in this island nation, the birthplace of budo.

Omi Sensei is also a direct student of the late Nakamura Tempu Sensei, founder of the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga and meditation. Omi Sensei was recently appointed as the new Chief Director of the Tempu Society, which oversees the teaching of Shin-shin-toitsu-do in Japan.

The following is a short list of Omi Sensei's many accomplishments:

1956: Graduated from the Faculty of Commercial Science, Hitotsubashi University

1956: Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

1970: Served as Consul at the Japanese Consulate General in New York until 1974

1981: Served as Director-General, Guidance Department, Small & Medium Enterprise Agency until 1983

1983: Elected to the House of Representatives

1990: Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance

1995: Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, House of Representatives

1995: Drafted and enacted Science and Technology Fundamental Law

1997: Minister of State for Economic Planning until 1998

Acting Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) until 2001

Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy

Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs

Minister of Finance

Selected Publications:

1991: Rebuilding Japan: A Country We Can Be Proud Of

1996: Towards a Science and Technology-Oriented Nation